Semi-finalists: from Iceland to Malta

Credit: Eurovision 2012 Baku


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“The dawn will break as darkness fades forever we‘ll be free.” It’s all getting a bit too Stephanie Meyer for my liking. I definitely kept expecting werewolves to jump out of the mountains too, bit disappointed. Are Iceland even capable of stay away from the stringed instruments? I miss the 2010 Iceland vibe. N.B.: not the same Jónsi from Sigur Rós fame.

Contagious rating: 0/5
Praying it won’t make it any further


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So…Jedward ended up representing Ireland for Eurovision. I’m not sure the rest of Europe will entirely appreciate their jumping around – and I really hope neither of them has a mishap on the night.  This is actually one of their less annoying songs, as far as the duo go, so perhaps they’re in with a chance. If Europe’s feeling a 2kl2 Jonas Brothers vibe, then I reckon they could make it into the top ten. Just hoping the outfits aren’t too heinous. Or involving anything to do with the Irish flag.

Contagious rating: 3/5
Frankly I’m just glad Ireland haven’t entered yet another ballad. Anything on one of those is an improvement, even if it is Jedward. Just count how many cartwheels they do


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You can always count on Israel to do something a bit weird and go a bit too far in Eurovision. Combining a really bizarre version of Cirque du Soleil with music that lies somewhere between Abba and The Hoosiers certainly fills that category. Having watched the music video for their entry, I just felt stunned. I’m not sure whether it was the circus make-up on the wildly gyrating woman or sidelong glances from the lead singer, but by the time the bunny-hopping piano player appeared, I’d had enough.

Contagious rating: 2/5
Not sure I could stand watching this song be performed any more times than the bare minimum.


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Having your piano player sing along to the song doesn’t do it any favours, dear. It’s a very very literal song about Eurovision itself…although I have my doubts about the following anecdote:
“And the day when Jagger, Mick did call me
I couldn’t talk ’cause I was really busy
Recording song with Sir Paul McCartney
“I’m sorry, Mick, I’ll call you back, one day I’ll call you back””
Err, yeah Anmary. Whatever you say.

Contagious rating: -3/5
No. Just no. Particularly that pink dress. As much as I do love Paris Hilton.


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Donny Montell isn’t blind, but to compliment the title of is track, he blindfolds himself for a whole minute and a half before ripping it off and breaking into a cartwheel…and going to sing what seems like an entirely different song. The disco lighting is the most confusing part – I think he’s stuck in the wrong decade, or just really fancies himself as the next (singing) James Bond.

Contagious rating: 0/5
Dead as disco fever.


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Sitting at that piano, I was just waiting the whole time for Ms. Kaliopi to turn round and play it. What I was not expecting was the rock beat. Probably should’ve guessed it from her Romantic Goth outfit, but when the beat kicked in I was secretly relieved. It didn’t improve the song, but at least it wasn’t yet another Eurovision piano solo.

Contagious rating: 0/5
Sorry, Macedonia, but…no.


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This guy is pretty ‘funky’, as far as Malta’s past performances go – he really embraced the pop charts vibe. A video that includes bow ties, DJ decks, rain within an indoor setting, the splits, co-ordinated group dance moves, glowsticks and fire? What a dream. JLS  meets Rhianna meets Step Up 2…This one has a special place in my heart.
Contagious rating: 4/5
I sense a finalist in our midsts.


Image Credit: Eurovision 2012 Baku